Grab a $299 Moto X for back school through tomorrow

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Need a new phone for back to school? Motorola has you covered with a great sale on Moto Maker where you’ll be able to pick up an off-contract Moto X for $299. That’s just the 16 GB, but if you need more space, the 32 GB is only $324 and the 64 GB is $374. This deal will run through tomorrow, and you’ll still get all of the great customization options that Moto Maker offers.

Those are all solid prices on a very great device, and even though it’ll be a generation behind once the Moto X+1 launches later this year, the Moto X has already been confirmed for Android L, so you’ll at least be able to keep up on software.

Hit the link below to start customizing your Moto X.

source: Moto Maker

T-Mobile to start Summer Savings Upgrade Offer for select customers

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T-Mobile is looking to offer a few customers the option to get some great upgrade pricing with their leaked Summer Savings Upgrade Offer starting tomorrow, August 6th. The promotion will allow customers that have been with T-Mobile for at least a year and don’t owe anything on a current device to pick up a new phone at a pretty heavily discounted rate, in some cases.
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Moto G successor may have bigger screen, but same processor and specs

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It’s almost inevitable that we’re going to see a follow-up to Motorola’s extremely successful Moto G. The device has sold extremely well and helps budget-conscious consumers get their hands on a pretty decent smartphone. We haven’t heard too many rumors about a Moto G +1 (or whatever it may end up being called), but thanks to a leaked benchmark we’re getting a look at what Motorola might be planning to do with the device.
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AT&T to sell the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for $0.99 when bundled with certain LG phones

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AT&T will be the first carrier to offer the LG G Pad 7.0 with LTE, and they’re offering a pretty great bundle to start selling it. On August 8th, you’ll be able to pick up the carrier-branded version of LG’s slim tablet for just $0.99 if you purchase it with an LG G2, LG G3, or LG G Flex. Without a bundle, the tab will cost $149.99 on a two-year contract. If you’re not a fan of the contracts, you can also opt for AT&T Next, which will run $12.50 a month.
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[Deal] Best Buy selling the Moto G 4G for just $180

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If you’ve been considering picking up a Moto G but have been holding off due to lack of 4G connectivity, you might want to take advantage of the deal Best Buy is running today. For just $179, you can buy the 4G version of the Moto G, which is what the standard unlocked 8 GB Moto G currently runs. Plus, the 4G also has a microSD card slot that the original did not have.

The only catch is that the deal is only available in store, so you won’t be able to place an order online. Aside from that, it’s a great phone at a very affordable price.

source: Best Buy

It’s legal to unlock your cell phone (again)

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After it became illegal to unlock carrier cell phones thanks to the DMCA, a ton of backlash started up to try and get the laws changed back. After tons of petitioning, a bill finally made its way to the Senate floor, and after a few months of work, it’s finally being signed into law. The appropriately titled Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act makes it perfectly legal for a consumer to unlock their handset once their service contract with their carrier expires, allowing them to take the device to another compatible carrier if they so choose. 
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Google may separate Photos from Google+ in the near future

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Google’s Photo features are some of the most attractive aspects of Google+, including automatic backup, aut0-awesome effects, stories, sharing, etc. The Photos section of Google’s social network is extremely robust and offers one of the best solutions for cloud backup on Android. In an attempt to gain more users, however, it looks like Google might be planning on spinning off Photos into a standalone service separate from Google+.
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Google Now Launcher appears to support a few new devices {Update – all devices with Android 4.1+]

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Since its release, the Google Now Launcher has only officially worked with Nexus and Google Play Edition devices. It’s not difficult to sideload the app to work on many other devices, but if you wanted it through the Play Store, you had to own one of Google’s “compatible” devices. With the latest update to the launcher, though, it seems like Google is opening up the application to many more devices.
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Runtastic enters the wearable market with the Runtastic Orbit

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Runtastic creates many great fitness tracking apps, and now they’re filling out their product lineup by jumping into the hardware game. The newly announced Runtastic Orbit is a 24-hour fitness band that tracks tons of metrics, including the standard step count, exercise and sleep activities, and calories burned. It also boasts a few unique features, including an ambient light sensor and a vibrating alarm that bugs you if you’ve been inactive for too long. No other device on the market nags you for sitting on the couch for too long, so Runtastic has a great claim there.
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